Friday, June 13, 2014

Strawberry Pie for Father's Day

My outdoor tea today is to honor two important men in my life.  They both died far too young, my Dad at age 60, and my hubby at age 64, and both from cancer.  I've included some gifts that my Dad gave me...a music box, and a sweet Goebel figurine of praying children.  My Dad, named Joe, was 100% Irish and he would've enjoyed drinking his cuppa Joe from my Shamrock colored mug.  My dearly beloved enjoyed hunting and being in the outdoors.  His hunting vest is my topper, and I've included a reversible hat that I made for him, one of his many caps and my pewter teapot that we served our tea from every weekend.  Much as my dear darling was a rough and tumble kind of guy, he was a tea drinker, and he would fix a thermos of tea to take along with him. 

My dear Dad gave me away......

My dearly beloved Rich swept me away! 

My hubby enjoyed drinking a big mug of tea, especially in this insulated one.

I started making this strawberry pie pie before I was married.  It was a favorite of my Dad's, my hubby and our whole family.  You can find the recipe here.

Thank you for letting me express my love for these two men in my life.  Without them, I would not be so richly blessed with my family. I know they are watching over us but it still does not take away the pain of losing them.  

I am sharing this with:

  
Thank you for your visit!  xo


41 comments:

  1. You made me cry.
    This was beautiful. You were a beautiful bride with two wonderful men in your life. I know this Father's Day, you'll be missing and remembering them both. My own dad died too young, too. He was 61, and it was that stinking cancer. I hate it. It's a murderer and a thief.

    Loved this whole post, Kitty.

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  2. What a special honor it is to read this post and know your heart. Love that beaming smile as your darling swept you away! Beautiful bride and handsome beloved...

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  3. What a lovely post - thank you for sharing such special times - and what a wonderful strawberry pie

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  4. A very nice tribute Kitty! And I hope you make that strawberry pie this Sunday:@)

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  5. Every Father's Day, I would make a banana cream pie, it was my dad's favorite.It has been many years since I made one. He passed way too young also, at 59. I love how you made a manly man tea table for this holiday, Kitty. xo

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  6. You brought tears to my eyes my dear and precious friend.
    This was a lovely post in honor of the two very special men in your life. You were blessed indeed.
    That strawberry pie is absolutely beautiful, award winning I would say! Now you have me wanting to make one.
    Have a blessed week-end.
    Love & Hugs to you

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  7. As Father's Day nears, I've been thinking of my Dad and he loved a big slice of pie - any kind! Wishing you happy memories of these special men Kitty.

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  8. What a lovely post! I am sure both men are very proud of their "girl"! My dad died too young too, 50. I so missed him not there to see me graduate from college and give me away. But, they are always with us, in our hearts forever.
    Have a great weekend! I'll say hey to the Kardashians for you, lol!

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  9. These are treasured memories, Kitty.
    It's amazing how certain dishes relate to family traditions and remind us of our beloved ones.
    Your delicious looking strawberry is something very special and it's a "sweet" tradition to prepare it for Father's Day.
    A big hug for you and thank you for this beautiful post.

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  10. Memories are all we have after our dears leave us before we can join them. I loved your photos of your fav men in your life and I couldn't help it but I shed a tear or two, but I know they loved you so much and you're holding on to that, as I do with my dad's memories, he was my fav man and than I had to share him with hubby. I miss my dad everyday! Bless you sweet lady.
    FABBY
    FABBY

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  11. Kitty, this is a sweet tribute to both these dear men that were such an important part of your life. I know this is an emotional weekend for you. Know that your friends are thinking of you. Hugs sent your way.

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  12. What a sweet tribute - and I enjoyed seeing the wedding photos. You were a beautiful bride and had two handsome men! Your pie looks awesome, Kitty. I want to make a fresh strawberry pie soon. A few weeks ago I made a baked strawberry pie. It was very good too. Tomorrow I'll be serving a Toffee pecan pie, made with heath bar bits (it was requested by my son, who is also a father.) Hugs to you, Beth

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  13. This is my dad's favorite dessert - I wish I could spend tomorrow with him, but he is several states away. Lovely pictures of your wedding! xo

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  14. What a beautiful tribute! Such nice memories!

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  15. What a touching tribute to the men in your life, Kitty! How very thoughtful & a great way to honor them on this very special day.
    Thanks for the link to the strawberry pie. I've bookmarked it & will probably make it very soon. The strawberries are wonderful right now.

    Hugs,
    Rett

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  16. This was just gorgeous! I am so sorry about the loss of your Father and your husband. Today is my first visit to your blog and I am so happy to have found it! I found it because you left a comment right above mine on
    Beyond the Garden Gate. I am looking forward to following more of your posts, I LOVE cooking and cats, so what could be better? Caren from www.catchatwithcarenandcody.com

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  17. Oh Kitty, such a loving post dedicated to your Father and your sweet hubby.
    Your wedding photos are so lovely. Cancer is such a deadly disease and you have lost two wonderful men because of it. Treasure your wonderful memories. Strawberry pie is so yummy in the summer. Glad to help with your domain. Much love to you.

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  18. Oh my goodness Kitty. What a touching tribute to your Father and husband. I am terribly sorry for your loss. Blessings my friend.

    Janet

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  19. What wonderful memories with these special men in your life. The loss of both leaves a hole in your heart. Your tribute tea is a great way to honor them. I love the sweet figurine your Dad gave you! Your outdoorsy husband must of loved his hat you made him! The strawberry pie looks so delicious and I'm sure your family will finish it off quickly!
    Blessings to you!

    Pam

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  20. What a lovely tribute to the two very special men in your life. I was so sorry to learn of your loss. But it sounds like you have WONDERFUL memories. Cancer is ugly! I have lost several family members to it. And my son still suffers the ravages of it. But faith is important! It helps so much I know. Much love to you Kitty.

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  21. What a sweet tribute to the wonderful men in your life, Kitty. Your post is so touching and I can feel your pride and your pain as I read it. Memories are precious and I'm glad you have so many. The Lord bless you, my dear friend, and thank you for sharing this with us. Have a beautiful day.

    Love and hugs,
    Sandi

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  22. What a wonderful post Kitty, and tribute to some special men! We must have been married about the same time...very similar to my wedding gown. How wonderful you have so many family remembrances, and a very special teatime indeed! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
    Ruth

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  23. Beautiful tribute to your Dad and your hubby. Both of my men were taken because of cancer ... my Daddy at 63 and Mr. Dragon at 72 ... both way too early. They are always in our hearts. Happy Tea Day and many hugs.

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  24. What a precious tribute, Kitty girl. I've cried off and on thru the last couple of days...I keep thinking that, as I age, I won't miss my daddy as much....but..."it ain't so". One never gets too old to miss their loved ones. Mr. Sweet turned 80 last April...I know time is getting shorter for us...well...i can't even finish this sentence...
    love to you...

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  25. Such a beautiful table full of precious memories, Kitty. What a blessing to have had two such wonderful men in your life who loved you and whom you loved. I will continue to pray for strength and courage and the blessing of beautiful memories and the expectation of future joy for you.

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  26. Sweet tribute to the wonderful men that meant so much to you, Kitty. I am thinking of you. I admire your strength. You are a great example to others.

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  27. This was such a lovely tribute Kitty and I know this weekend was one of reflections for you. You did a lovely job of honoring them both here! So glad you shared.

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  28. A beautiful tribute to two wonderful men, Kitty. I'm sorry you lost them too early. You've set a lovely table honoring your father and husband who I know will always be in your heart.

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  29. I know there's nothing at all that can replace them, but having the memories - both the tangibles and the thoughts - are nice to keep them alive in our hearts. I love it that ol' Mr. Rough-and-Tumble Irishman Rich loved a good cuppa!

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  30. I am late catching up on my blog reading - sending you hugs galore. I am sure your Irish pop and mine are up there discussing things right now. And Rich just smiling b/c he GETS Irish with being married to one for so many wonderful years.

    You did a wonderful job with this sentimental honor tea. Love the idea.

    God bless you, sweet Kitty. Hugs. ♥

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  31. My dear Kitty, your post is such a beautiful, heart-touching tribute to two wonderful men in your life. They live on in your heart, my sweet friend, and they are kept close to you through precious thoughts and memories.

    Sending you love and lots of hugs!

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  32. Kitty. How blessed you have been to love and be loved by exemplary men. Have a blessed week.

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  33. Hi Kitty: Your post was so tender and sweet. It brought tears to my eyes. You were very lucky to be loved by two wonderful men. Sending hugs your way! Martha

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  34. What a heartfelt tribute to the men in your life Kitty. Thinking about you. ♥

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  35. Dear Kitty, I did not know that you lost your father to Cancer also. Both men were way too young! I know they have blessed your life so much and can not even imagine how much you miss them. I love strawberry pie and yours looks scrumptious! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs
    Jann

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  36. Hi Kitty,
    What a precious post and lovely tribute to both your Dad and Rich, we are so glad that we had a chance to me him before he passed, he was a fine man Kitty. Now on to that Strawberry Pie, wow it looks delicious we would just love it. Your place at our table is very special and thanks so much for sharing your wonderful food with all of us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a fantastic week and come back real soon!
    Miz Helen

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  37. Oh Kitty - what a sweet and special post to honor your beloved men. I just love that you thought to use your hubby's vest as a table topper. All the things you mentioned were endearing. I am so sorry for the ache you feel over their loss. Very blessed to know you keep on moving ahead, slow as the pace may be. The pie sounds and looks fabulous - SUCH a special treat. Oh how I dream of one day getting to share tea at your lovely tablescapes. You are a peach. XO

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